The 12th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival will take place in Florence from the 12th until the 17th of November 2019.
Not just films, but also talks, panel discussions and an exhibition will be part of the festival’s rich programme, that brings into the Tuscan city an international community of artists, filmmakers, curators, museum directors, producers, and distributors working with moving images. A much-awaited moment also by the lively audience of the festival, which brings together youngsters, students, contemporary art lovers, moviegoers, and collectors.
A selection of documentaries and art films with an important in-depth focus on Italian production will be part of the programme. At the heart of these films there is a growing interest of artists towards change and social, geopolitical and environmental issues concerning the contemporary world.
Romanistan by Luca Vitone (2019) will have its world premiere, a project promoted by the Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, winner of the 4th edition of the Italian Council call (2018) devised by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries (DGAAP) by the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, in order to promote Italian contemporary art in the world. The film, that will be presented in conjunction with the personal exhibition of the artist at the Centro Pecci (November 7, 2019 – February 2, 2020), recounts the road trip he undertook from May until July 2019 with a troupe, in order to retrace backwards the emigration journey started during the eight century by the Roma people from north-western India to Europe.
There will also be the Italian premiere of That Which Is To Come Is Just A Promise by the Italian collective Flatform (2019), presented at the Quinzaine des Realisateurs during the last Cannes Festival. In a long sequence shot on the Funafuti Island, drought and flood alternate seamlessly. The island, situated in the Polynesian archipelago of Tuvalu, has for a few years been the site of a unique phenomenon with tragic consequences: because of the unnatural overheating of the sea, salt water rises from the underground and floods the land, putting at risk the future of life on the island and leaving its inhabitants in a constant state of wait and suspension.
Among the documentaries, there will be the Italian premiere of Ettore Spalletti by Alessandra Galletta (2018) which on the one hand lingers on the daily, methodical, contemplative reality of the artist defined “the artist of the artists” also for his legendary use of colour, on the other hand she will accompany him to Abruzzo in order to be immersed in the endless spread of his works of art, between Rome, Napoli, Bologna, Paris, London, Madrid and Strasbourg.
The Focus on 2019 will be dedicated to the Turner Prize 2004 artist Jeremy Deller, who returns to the festival after the great success of Bom Bom’s Dream in 2017 with a talk and a selection of his works, in which the connection between music and art emerges, together with the interest towards mechanisms that regulate contemporary society and the relationship between individuals.
Among the works that will be presented there will be the film commissioned and produced by Frieze and Gucci Everybody in the Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984-1992 (2018) in which Deller explores the contemporary legacy of the “Summer of Love”, recounting the birth of the cultural phenomenon of house music in the United Kingdom, putting it in relation with the great social changes that disrupted the country during the ‘80s. Rare and unreleased archive footage tell this history, from protest movements to rave parties in abandoned warehouses, the agitation of the labourers that overflows in a chaotic surge on the dancefloor (courtesy of the Artist, Gucci, Frieze and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow).
And also The Bruce Lacey Experience, realised with Nicolas Abrahams in 2012, based on the original figure of the artist and performer Bruce Lacey, inventor, painter, sculptor and filmmaker ahead of his time who collaborated with many music bands, including The Beatles.
The commitment of the festival towards future generations is once again reconfirmed with the 8th edition of VISIO. European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images, curated by Leonardo Bigazzi, aimed at under 35 artists who work with video and cinema. As part of the project, the VISIO Young Talent Acquisiton Prize of the Seven Gravity Collecton will be awarded and an exhibition with the works of the participating artists will take place.
Lo schermo dell’arte has been realised with the contribution of Regione Toscana, Comune di Firenze, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, FST Mediateca Toscana Film Commission, and with the support of In Between Art Film, ottod’Ame, Findomestic, Unicoop Firenze, Famiglia Cecchi, B&C Speakers.